India beat NZ by six wickets in 2nd ODI

Pune: New Zealand managed to put 230-runs on the board at the end of their innings in the second ODI of the three-match series against India at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday.

Winning the toss New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson decided to bat first and scored 230-runs in the 50-overs losing nine-wickets.

Kiwis’ batting line-up was collapsed as the top order batsman returned to the pavilion quite early and in the middle order Henry Nicholls became the leading run scorer with 42-runs but failed to capitalise it into big innings.

India now needs 231-runs in 50-over to win the second ODI to level the three-match series to 1-1.

Prior to the match, pitch curator Pandurang Salgaoncar was banned by MCA president Abhay Apte after he was found to be giving inside information to the reporters, disguised as bookies.

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In a sting operation done by a leading news production house, Salgaonkar was caught on camera revealing that the pitch will be made according to their (‘bookies’) demands.

According to the BCCI and the International Cricket Council (ICC), rules state that no one – other than the officials – can come inside the stadium or inspect the pitch for that matter.

For now, the BCCI’s neutral curator from Mumbai has taken charge, while the board’s anti-corruption unit head Neeraj Kumar has also been asked to submit his report. The MCA has also been asked to submit a report to the BCCI.

As far as the squads are concerned, India have made one change – Axar Patel comes in for Kuldeep Yadav.

New Zealand have decided to go with the unchanged side that clinched a six-wicket win in the opening match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

After Indian bowlers kept New Zealand to 230, half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik help the hosts to secure a win. With this victory win, India levelled the three-match ODI series.

It was a big game for Karthik who was promoted to spot 4. His unbeaten 64-run innings should please the team management. Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni also remained unbeaten at 18.

Dhawan scored 68 runs in 84 balls. Captain Virat Kohli (29) and Hardik Pandya (30) were other top scorers from the Indian side.

New Zealand bowlers Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Mitchell Santner, and Colin de Grandhomme claimed one wicket each.

Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and asked India to bowl first in the penultimate second ODI of the three-match series.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar led the clinical show with a three-wicket haul, while Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal claimed two wickets each. Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel took one wicket each.

Not a single New Zealand batsman was able to score fifty despite eight of them registering double-digit scores. Henry Nicholls was the highest scorer with 42 runs.

New Zealand decided to go with the unchanged side that clinched a six-wicket win in the opening match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

The match also grabbed headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Prior to the match, pitch curator Pandurang Salgaoncar was banned by Mumbai Cricket Association president Abhay Apte after he was found to be giving inside information to the reporters, disguised as bookies.

In a sting operation done by a leading news production house, Salgaonkar was caught on camera revealing that the pitch will be made according to their (‘bookies’) demands.

According to the BCCI and the International Cricket Council (ICC), rules state that no one – other than the officials – can come inside the stadium or inspect the pitch for that matter.
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (w), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

New Zealand Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (w), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

(ANI)

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